For brew lovers, there are few things sweeter than cracking into a cold one at a summer barbecue, picnic, or outdoor festival -- and there are lots of those coming up in Kansas City. Here are four upcoming events that celebrate summer brews.
Originally published June 4, 2013.
Hawaiian beer spills aloha spirit into Missouri
The Big Island’sKona Brewing Company recently started distributing beer in Missouri. Bier Station taps into the Hawaiian brewer’s popular Wailua Ale at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6. A brewer will be on hand to taste the refreshing wheat ale, which gets its tropical flavor from real passion fruit. Chef Celina Tio (of Julian and Collection
) is handling the Hawaiian-inspired food menu, which stars slow-roasted pork. Tickets cost $25 at Bier Station and get you food, a Kona glass, and one pour each of Wailua Ale and another Kona brew, Longboard Island Lager.
New Belgium’s beer and film tour rolls through KC
Colorado’sNew Belgium Brewing Company pairs short films with craft beer at its annual Clips Beer Film Tour, an 18-city jaunt that stops in Kansas City on Thursday, June 6. Up to 16 New Belgium brews will be on tap at the outdoor fest, which starts at 7 p.m. in Theis Park, right across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at 47th and Oak Streets. The movies start at sundown -- bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you plan to stay awhile. Attendees are also encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the sustainability-minded nonprofit tour. Proceeds from the Kansas City event benefit BikeWalkKC.
Westport’s Summer Beer Festival returns for a second year
The second annualSummer Beer Festival is set for 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 15 outside McCoy’s Public House, 4057 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport. Thirty breweries from around the world will be pouring samples of more than 70 beers at the event, which is sponsored by Sporting Kansas City. A ticket ($25 in advance or $30 at the door) allows you sample at whim and mingle with brewers. Proceeds benefit Aids Walk Kansas City.
Barley’s Brewhaus hosts a backyard barbecue-inspired beer dinner
Sometimes beer dinners can be a little intimidating. The originalBarley’s Brewhaus (11924 W. 119th St. in Overland Park) is taking a more down-to-earth approach with its June 17 ‘Backyard BBQ Beer’ dinner. Corporate executive chef Ryan Sneed is cooking up house-smoked bacon BLT sliders, beer can chicken, cheesy corn bake, Kool-Aid pickles, peach shortcake, and a whole roasted pig for the dinner, which costs $45 per person, or $40 if you’re in Barley’s “mug club.” Each course is paired with a beer. For example, the BLT sliders go with Twilight Summer Ale, a light but flavorful beer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery
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Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also does a monthly cooking story for The Star’s Food section and tweets about (mostly) food @sarah_gish.